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Valentine Plants to Pot



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Valentines Unusual Plants to Pot Up

 

There are so many unusual plants out there that will make unusual Valentineís Day gifts so we thought we would list a few.

* Bundle of Love Rose Plant
* Sweet Heart Bamboo
* Classing Budding Rose
* Hoya Heart
* Heart Ferns
* Lavish Lavender Rose
* Anthuriums

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Most of these plants listed can be potted in bold bright red containers or precious pure white planters and make an easy and loving gift for those special folk in your life.  We recommend that you visit your local garden center or nursery and purchase the plants first.  Then figure out what size of decorative pot you will be able to drop the grow pot into. This way you wonít have to re-pot the plant just drop it inside the lovely garden container.  Then add a bow and bam! The perfect personalized and jazzed up Valentineís Day gift.

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We love Hoya heart succulent.  It is small and perfectly formed to love like a heart.  Right now, succulents are so popular that everyone, boy or girl, young or old will love these.   Since they are usually pretty small you wonít need a very big container which saves on space and money.

Heart Ferns are dwarf plants with waxy glossy heart-shaped leaves on think black stems.  If you donít want to place it in a terrarium them place the pot in a steamy bathroom because these types of potted houseplants really need humidity.

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Who doesnít like Anthuriums Ė they look just like hearts and come in bold reds and soft whites.  Each heart-shaped flower is elegant and fancy.  You canít put this into any plain old terracotta flowerpot. No way, these need to be in a glossy high shine container with lots of bright colors and simple elegant lines.

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Donít let Valentinesí Day come and go with a mediocre attempt at something overpriced and awful.  Search out these plants, purchase a nice garden pot and give a gift of beauty and love that someone will truly appreciate.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 12:41:49 PM 

Fall into Winter Containers



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Now your Fall garden planters around your home and yard should be looking pretty spent.  The mums may have started to fade and the grasses have been beaten by the wind.  We would like to make a few suggestions on how to transition into your winter containers.

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The main focus is to plant the containers with plants that will last thru the harsh winter temps and still look presentable and decorative.  In many cases, you only need to plant on center evergreen and then add a bunch of decorative items to make the whole container more dazzling and lively.

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Birch branches are always a big addition.  You can tie them together to create a cluster and stick in the center of the planter.  This gives the planter height, a stark white contrast to the deep green plant that is unique.  Berry Branches are also stunning when sticking out of an evergreen.  You can cut them off an existing bush or purchase them at the local craft store.  Holly is a wonderful addition to any winter planter.

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Pods and Seed Heads are very decorative.  They add a dried touch to the yard pots and can be sprayed with spray paint that matches your décor. Red, Gold & Greens look lovely for the holidays while the natural earth tones will last into the new year and still look lovely.

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Conifers in all varieties are the very best.  Cedar, spruce, and boxwoods are the perfect addition to any winter container because they can handle the harsh weather and fill your planter with lots of earthy green color and texture.  Junipers, ornamental cabbage, and kale are large and work wonderfully planted around the outside of your pottery.

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Now that we have given you a few suggestions for turning the Fall planters into Winter planters around your yard, patio or porch we think it is time to try thinking outside the box.  Look around your yard or your neighborís yard and see the different types of plants, shrubs, berries, and branches that are growing.  Try adding them into your design and create a planter that will last for many months to come.


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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2019 2:10:29 PM 

4th of July Terracotta Flower Pot Craft Idea



Saw this wonderful idea from Lucy Mercer for S'mores fun on July 4th
so we wanted to share it with you here.  It's an easy and fun crafty idea using terra cotta clay flower pots, paint and some decorations.

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Itís easy to add patriotic style to your patio this July 4 with terra cotta pots and chalky finish paint. These starred-and-striped pots can hold bright summer geraniums, flickering votives, bundles of silverware, or showcase a símores bar.

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STEPS:

  1. Cover the pot with white paint, using the foam brush. Let dry, about an hour, or longer.
  2. Tape off the stripes using the painterís tape. Itís easiest to start just under the rim for the first stripe.
  3. Using the width of the painterís tape as a guide (.94-inch works well), tape off the next stripe, being sure to press the tape against the pot.
  4. Paint the red stripes, let dry. Peel off tape.
  5. Paint the blue stripe on the rim, let dry. Sanding the edges of the pot with a sanding sponge adds a rustic look.
  6. Use the white paint marker to draw stars on the rim, and also to clean up any splotches on the stripes.
  7. Optional, but nice: spray the completed terra cotta pot with acrylic spray to seal.
When your patriotic pots are completed, they can be used to display flowers. Geraniums and petunias are pretty and perfect for July 4 parties.
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Post Last Updated: 6/29/2017 1:54:04 PM 

DIY Tribal Painted Flower Pots



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Here is a easy, 20 mins or less, DIY pottery project.  When Laurie Cosgrove [lauriecosgrove.com] for full instructions, was wanting something fast and simple she made these wonderful and colorful flowerpots painted with a tribal feel to them. Perfect for planting in come next Spring.

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Start with smooth terracotta flowerpots.  Our's are perfect because they are imported from Italy and have velvety smooth sides. Not like Chinese or Mexican pottery which is very porous.  Cover the flowerpots with chalkboard paint from Home Depot.

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Use colorful paint to trim the rim of the flowerpots and the saucers that fit under them.  Go to Pinterest to find patterns you like and can be inspired by.  Detail on with small brushes or as she likes to use, a sponge brush.  Either way decorating the flowerpot should be fun and creative.  

Have a go and share with us how it went!

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Bring Spring Inside During Winter



Who Wants Spring In Winter?  We do!

Are you tired of Winters harsh weather yet?  Better not be because it just started.  We have many more months of dreaming about our potted flowers & patio planters before they can come to life.  So, in the mean time we have a quick & easy project that will bring a touch of Spring indoors.

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Get a few terracotta garden planters.  Of course we love our because they are not only available in many sizes but the clay is a stunning product that imports to us from Italy.  Select a few sizes that will work great for planting indoor herbs.  The look of one size of pot all lined up in the kitchen window is also very popular and pleasing!

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Make sure the pots are clean and dry before painting.  Coat each pot with white paint and let dry completely.  Then using grit paper rub the areas on the pottery where you want the terracotta to show through. This gives the pots the distressed look we are going for.  Rub the lips, the sides and around the base to create an interesting pot.


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Now fill with potting soil and herbs purchased at your local nursery or garden center.  Not only are these lovely but they smell so nice.  Now you have your own European Distressed looking flowerpots but you have added a touch of Spring to your indoors.
 
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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2017 2:11:27 PM 

DIY Flowerpot Makeovers



Turn Plain Flowerpots Into Something Special
DIY Pot Makeovers!

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See what a little gold paint can do to transform a plain, old flowerpot from
Garden Therapy.  Gilding items this time of year of popular and really in the holiday spirit.

Start with a clay flowerpot with no texture. We recommend out Italian Flowerpots because the clay is smooth and compact, even through porous.  However the best looking finish came from a plastic pot.  It lets the shine really come thru.

First clean the pot with soap and water.  Rinse well and allow to dry. Place the pots upside down on cardboard.  Shake the can of paint long enough to mix or you will have issues.  Spray the pots evenly. Let dry.  That's it.


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The next idea came from Climerphotography.com  French Pot DIY

Terracotta planters
Old plastic cup & stir stick
White paint - Gray Paint
Paper Towels
Rough Sand Paper
Parchment Paper
Credit or Gift card you can use to apply pressure

Mix paint in old cup, more white than grey. Wad up paper towel dip in paint and start rubbing on the pot.  When you achieve the look you like, let the pot dry completely. Sand the pot lightly.

Take a graphic you printed on a 8 x 10 piece of parchment paper on a plain old style printer. It doesn't have to be a laser printer.  Cut to size & starting with the center, press it down on your pot. Use the credit card, press & smooth the parchment without moving it.  Carefully life off .  Let your ink dry completely.

That's it.  Fun Times!

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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 11:56:03 AM 

Hanging Planters



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If you are into pansies and geraniums, then here is your guide to creating your very own stunning hanging flowerpots.

Hanging flowerpots can be found in plastic, clay pots, wicker, or moss. Finding them is a bit harder than you would think.  Many people will find themselves having to create their own.  This is not hard to do.
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Obviously, the plants you choose to grow will dictate the size of planter you will need.  A larger planter leads to higher water retention and bigger more vibrant plants.  We recommend you use a pot liner of moss, supamoss or burlap liner which helps to retail water so it doesn't run off.  Fill with potting soil making sure you have 5 inches above the base of the planter.  Then add your plants just below the soil line.  Pansies are a favorite.  They are slightly acidic and like well draining soil.  Another favorite is trailing lobelia which will hang out the sides. They are less hardy but still durable.

Come winter time, it's time to clean out the planter and put them away till next Spring.

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 12:48:29 PM 

Great Projects With Succulents



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There are so many kinds of succulents available now days and you can easily find yourself standing there at the garden center staring at them and not sure what to do. Here are a few suggestions we saw in Sunset Magazine that should help.

Living Cactus:  Start with a neutral colored garden planter and fill with cactus soil. Plant baby barrel cactus and thimble cactus in a off center arrangements and top with dark gravel.  The gravel protects the roots and soil but also adds a consistent look and decorative touch.

Succulents in a recycled vase.  Mounds of tiny succulents can be packed into a 3" tiny re-purposed container to create a wonderful look.  Fill the pot with moss and pack them in.  Use glass, plastic, ceramic, clay or pretty much any type of mini planter you desire to achieve this look.
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 12:51:59 PM 

A Few Helpful Tips.



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Check out this
potted topiary tree made out of rosemary.  Placing it in the center of the gardening area gives the display lots of height and interest.  Surround the top of the pot with colorful edible flowers.

Around the base of the pot are lots of herbs like basil and thyme.  You could just plant the rosemary in the center but by placing it in the garden
planter you get the vertical height that really shows it off.

Great idea!
 
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Here we have
potted Red Caladiums, spider plant and southern magnolia.  Each decorates the pots and ties them all together.  The large pot in the back is covering a downspout that is unsightly.  The planter holds a large display that is beautiful and draws you eye away from the spout.  The 3 smaller ones are stair stepped and tie themselves together with the larger one in the back creating a organized and beautiful display.
 
Our last display is a grouping of terracotta planters and saucers displayed by a entryway.  Combine daffodils with citrus hues and fragrant seasonal blooms for a colorful display that just keeps on giving.  This trio holds calibrachoa, fragrant sweet alyssuma and cool nemesia.  All Friendly, brightly colored and wonderful soft looking flowers and plants.  Perfect in the natural finish of clay pottery.

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 2:33:36 PM 

Easter Baskets Clay Pots



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Simple, Cute Craft Idea for Easter Basket or Decoration!
 
We see many craft ideas using clay flowerpots all over the web. But, we were drawn to this idea for its simplicity and ease.  We thought these clay pots would not only make a cheery Easter decoration but how about a homemade Easter Basket for young or old.

Start with our Italian Terracotta Flower Pots which are the most compact, smooth clay being manufactured today.  Purchase some pastel acrylic paint and paint the pots in a rainbow, solid or anyway you choose to decorate them.  Fill with shredded colorful paper available from most craft stores and fill with Easter goodies or treat. How much more simple does it get and look how cute it turns out.

Have them hide around your home for the kids to find Easter morning, give to a office coworker or friendly neighbor.  Include a seed packet so they can use the decorated clay pot to grow a plant with Spring right around the corner.

We also like the idea of having one already painted, then setting up a craft table for the grandkids on Easter morning while the adults prepare Easter Supper.  So many fun ideas from a few clay pots and paint.  Have fun!
 
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